Della Davidson Prize

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The Della Davidson Prize honors the life and work of choreographer and teacher Della Davidson, by supporting innovative dance and dance/theater artists. An annual prize of $1,220 (in honor of Della’s birthday 12/20) will be awarded to a choreographer/dance-maker producing work in the spirit of Della Davidson. The prize is by selection only; applications or nominations are not accepted.

2018 Awardee: 

Dawn Frank Holtan is a dance theater artist who creates collaboratively. Her work is always interdisciplinary, blending nonlinear stories with raw movement and live sound. An Oakland native, Bard College graduate, and former co-director of Frank and Bryan Dance, Dawn’s “poignant and unpretentious” early work was performed throughout the greater Bay Area, in New York, and abroad. After taking a thirteen year hiatus from directing in order to be with her children, Dawn is currently creating an original evening-length performance with her newly assembled ensemble of friends. Cracking Open looks closely at moments of transformation – when our sense of self is shattered – and it will premiere at SAFEhouse Arts in 2018.

Past awardees:
2017: Deborah Vaughan
2016: Erin Mei-Ling Stuart
2015: Deborah Slater
2014: Debby Kajiyama
2013: Randee Paufve and Monique Jenkinson

Della Davidson (1951-2012) was a dance theater artist who created interdisciplinary works exploring the presence of women and the lyrical power of dance, image and storytelling. Over the course of her career, she created over 40 works and made her mark as a “central figure in West Coast dance.” She was a professor of Theater and Dance at the University of California, Davis and Artistic Director of Della Davidson Dance Theater and Sideshow Physical Theater.


Della’s innovative work on women’s desire, death, disease, and the fragility of existence was lyrical, collaborative, and multidisciplinary, using dance, theater and film. One of her greatest gifts was to recognize potential in others and bring out their strengths, whether they were her students, her dancers, her collaborators, her colleagues or her friends. Della’s sense of delight and play, along with a profound connection to the elemental forces of life and death, shaped her art and her life.

-San Francisco Chronicle

To donate to the Della Davidson Prize, click here.

della4Donations in the form of checks can be made payable to Dancers’ Group and mailed to:

Dancers’ Group
44 Gough Street, Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94103

Questions: Contact Wayne Hazzard at 415-920-9181 or



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